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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 16.2% and is now 9.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.7% in March 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
California 7.6% 0.0 -5.6
Chico 6.9% 0.0 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 14,915. There are now 8,544 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,179 in March 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 192. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 6,371 0 -3,362

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 7.6% 6.9% 6,371
June
2021
5.9% 7.6% 6.9% 6,371
May
2021
5.8% 7.7% 6.9% 6,309
April
2021
6.1% 8.0% 6.8% 6,234
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 6.7% 6,179
February
2021
6.2% 8.5% 6.8% 6,285
January
2021
6.3% 9.0% 6.9% 6,333
December
2020
6.7% 9.3% 8.2% 7,398
November
2020
6.7% 8.7% 7.5% 6,663
October
2020
6.9% 9.8% 8.9% 8,046
September
2020
7.8% 10.6% 9.5% 8,455

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.